Calculator used at the Violence Intervention Program to provide economic empowerment for abused women

Economic Empowerment for Women

Too often, women remain in abusive relationships because they’re afraid they won’t be able to support themselves or their families on their own. VIP works with victims of abuse to remove that obstacle and help them regain their personal and financial independence. Call our hotline (1-800-664-5880) for more information on these programs.
 

 


Individual Counseling
All VIP clients are assigned a Counselor/Advocate (C/A) who works directly with you, one-on-one, to create an Individual Service Plan (ISP) that meets all your needs and goals. The ISP will help you outline the steps you can take to successfully achieve independence and economic stability. Some milestones may include:

  • Opening a bank account and budgeting
  • Saving for the deposit and rent on an apartment
  • Ending financial dependence on an abusive partner
  • Gaining new skills to enhance employability
  • Tools to help you work toward long-term goals

 

Each week, month, or quarter, you and your C/A will review the progress you have made toward achieving your ISP goals and help you move on the next step.

Women’s Empowerment Series
Throughout the year, VIP holds educational workshops to teach participants financial literacy, job readiness, financial management, and budgeting skills.

Another important aspect of this curriculum addresses financial safety concerns in abusive relationships and how to safeguard yourself and your children during and after an abusive relationship ends. Over the last year, the Women’s Empowerment Series workshops have covered topics such as:

  • Financial Abuse Awareness: Explores topics such as identity theft, credit card fraud, and debt accumulation.
  • Financial Self-Sustainability: Teaches about tools for financial independence (credit, loans, interest rates, investments, etc.) and long-term planning (asset building, education planning, retirement, etc.).
  • Job Readiness and Soft-Skills Training: Helps develop self-esteem, sociability, time-management, and leadership skills.
  • Hard-Skills Training: Teaches basic computer skills, typing, web/internet based research, basic software use (Microsoft, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Employability: Teaches how to obtain or maintain employment. Covers topics such as résumé writing, cover letters and interview skills.


These workshops are conducted on a rotating basis and availability differs from site to site.

Group Sessions
Economic abuse makes victims’ dreams of financial independence much more difficult to realize. VIP’s special peer support groups help women overcome economic abuse while addressing the psychological and emotional impact it has had on their lives. Topics of counselor-led discussions include:

  • Your emotional connection to money
  • The social and cultural barriers that prevent self-sufficiency
  • How to decipher needs vs. wants
  • Preventing economic abuse in future relationships
  • Addressing the stigma associated with women and money